Situated just outside of London, Essex is one of the most beautiful places in the UK to hold your wedding – and there is certainly no shortage of wedding venues in Essex and the surrounding area. If you and your partner are looking for the dream location in the southeast county, then look no further.
From Colchester to Chelmsford, Harlow to Clacton-on-sea, we’ve hand-picked 10 of our absolute favourites. Trust us, they’re a must-see! Without further ado, here they are. And who knows, you might find your dream wedding venue within the next couple of minutes!
This former palace turned wedding venue will certainly make you and your other half feel like royalty for the day. The Georgian Mansion that is Gosfield Hall wedding venue is located just a short 30-minute drive Chelmsford and Colchester, nestled amongst 10 acres of immaculately manicured grounds and parkland in the heart of Essex. It was once home to the likes of King Louis XVIII and Queen Marie-Josephine-Louise of Savoy – pretty impressive, we think!
Gosfield Hall is a Grade I listed building and has hosted a few famous weddings over the years, including that of Love Island’s Olivia Buckland and Alex Bowen in September last year. If you’re looking for a wedding venue in Essex that’s fit for a queen, then we certainly recommend you check out Gosfield Hall.
Pontlands Park Hotel
Pontlands Park Hotel wedding venue is a family-run business that’s a homely yet impressive location for any wedding in Essex. Picture an impressive Victorian house, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a pond, hidden away on the very edge of Chelmsford, where the city meets the beautiful Essex countryside.
There is an intimate conservatory at the hotel that can seat up to 90 wedding guests. If you’re planning a summer wedding, you might prefer the picturesque outdoor Marquee area that can host up to 200 guests. Whatever your dream wedding, there’s no doubt Pontlands Park is a must-see wedding venue in Essex.
This large wedding venue in Essex is an elegant, Grade II listed farmhouse that dates back to the 15th Century. If you fancy a charming wedding amongst a little history, Houchins Farm could be the perfect location for your wedding. Houchins Farm is ideally located just 1 mile east of Coggeshall and is just a 15-minute drive from Colchester or Braintree, making it an ideal spot for those in the Essex area and even those looking to travel from London and beyond.
The farm really comes alive in the evening, when the outdoor lights and the night’s sky light up the beautiful architecture of the building. But, of course, not to underestimate the attractiveness of the outdoor terrace during the day. It’s the perfect spot for canapes and champagne prior to the ceremony. There’s even a secret Honeymoon Lodge for the married couple on-site, so you can enjoy the farm and its picturesque surroundings well into the night.
From a 15th-century farmhouse to a 16th-century mansion in Little Leighs, Leez Priory wedding venue Tudor Manor House has a castle-like appearance that makes it easy to see why the venue has been hosting dream weddings for over 25 years.
Situated on the banks of the River Ter, Leez Priory is surrounded by lakes and stunning greenery that stretches for miles. Its character and charm is evident as soon as you step foot on the venue’s grounds, so why not pay a visit and experience it for yourself? One of the first things you’ll notice is the large, oak doors which lead into the mansion, where you can then step on the medieval flagstone floors.
The tower itself is popular with brides and grooms, while the intimate cellar is recommended for smaller evening celebrations. Despite its rural location, the wedding venue is located just outside of Braintree and is easily accessible from London Stansted Airport and the city of Chelmsford.
Roslin Beach Hotel
If you’d prefer a wedding by the sea, Roslin Beach Hotel is a must-see venue in Essex! Located in Southend on Sea, this immaculate beach-front hotel can transport you to the shores of the Mediterranean! The wedding rooms at the hotel host large, bright windows that overlook the promenade and sea. On a clear summer’s day, you’ll be hard-pushed to find a more beautiful wedding venue in Essex. You, your partner and your wedding guests could soon be celebrating your happy relationship whilst overlooking the twinkling Thames Estuary.
There are two rooms at the hotel: The Ballroom and The Bay. The Ballroom boasts panoramic views of the Estuary for up to 100 guests, while The Bay is ideal for more intimate occasions and boasts a private terrace overlooking the Thames. Could this be the perfect place to say “I do”? We think so.
Braxted Park Estate
Braxted Park is a breathtaking countryside house situated a stone’s throw away from Braintree and Chelmsford. If seclusion and grandeur are what you’re looking for, this sophisticated venue has it all. Surrounded by walled gardens, Braxted Park is a cocoon of calm amongst the Whitham countryside and is even surrounded by two large lakes and a golf course.
Upon driving up the paved entrance, you’ll notice how exquisite the house really is, with its tree-line drive and enchanting pavilion. There’s even an orangery for weddings taking place during the summer months. It could be the perfect place to create some long-lasting memories with your other half – just take a look for yourself!
This fairytale castle once played host to The Only Way is Essex cast for their Christmas special episode! Today, Hedingham Castle wedding venue is adored and enjoyed by happy couples all over the UK. The family home has a history dating back 900 years, to which Aubrey III was made the first Earl of Oxford, but its charm very much remains in 2019.
Fun fact: Hedingham Castle is the best-preserved Norman keep in England!
From marquee receptions to castle ceremonies, Hedingham Castle really does have so much to offer for those looking to tie the knot in the heart of Essex. You can reach the historic castle in just 40 minutes from Colchester and 45 minutes from Bury St Edmunds, making it a convenient location that’s easily reachable from all over Essex and beyond.
The prestigious public park at Hylands Estate boasts 574 acres of exquisite parkland alongside the Neoclassical villa – perfect for any wedding celebration in Essex! The grand pavilion is a popular wedding venue for couples all over the country, whether you’re planning a traditional intimate ceremony or a much more lavish wedding! The Grade II listed mansion is also perfect for larger ceremonies and is certainly a must-see!
The Banqueting Room has space for up to 100 ceremony guests and is tastefully decorated with 23-carat gold leaf and scroll decorations, making it a stunning backdrop for any ceremony or reception. For something a little smaller, the Drawing Room is equally as remarkable, with its ornate and gilded ceiling, which caters for up to 80 ceremony guests. For a larger reception, the Grand Pavilion can host up to 300 guests amongst its sparkling chandeliers and ivory drapes. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll definitely find it at Hylands Estate.
No wedding venue list would be complete without a stunning barn location! Gaynes Park wedding venue wedding barn is a stylish and contemporary wedding venue in Essex. Set amongst the historic countryside estate in Epping, Gaynes Park is easily accessible from London in just over an hour by car, or in 20 minutes from the town of Harlow. In fact, you can even see the London skyline from the stunning grounds of the park; a perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs!
Gaynes Park makes the perfect wedding reception venue in Essex, with all guests being served drinks on arrival amongst the stunning orangery and walled gardens. Whether you’re planning to wed in spring, summer, autumn or winter, this stunning location can be enjoyed all year round. Just picture the beautiful blooms of spring or the falling leaves of autumn within this remarkable barn wedding venue.
Orsett Hall Hotel
Last but certainly not least of our must-see wedding venues in Essex, is Orsett Hall, in the town of Orsett near Grays and Basildon. Orsett Hall is truly a romantic wedding venue set against the backdrop of 12 acres of Essex countryside. The hotel features a unique chapel and several function areas for your dream wedding and reception. There are even luxurious cars for hire and an on-site florist for all of your wedding floral arrangements.
You can reach Orsett Hall Hotel in 15 minutes by car from Basildon and 30 minutes from the large town of Romford in London. Upon arrival, you’ll notice the immaculate gardens alongside the drive leading up to the building, which is in immaculate condition and looks extremely romantic at sunset. With space for up to 520 guests, you’ll most definitely find a wedding package to suit you at Orsett Hall Hotel.
Find your dream wedding venue in Essex
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